Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 10, 2020 – 23 September 2021

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

From the Principal, 23 Sept 20

22 September 2020

Re-registration, Strategic Plan and 2021 student leaders


2020 was always going to be a busy year because we knew that we were due for the re-registration of the College, and our current strategic plan was about to conclude, and a new one needed to be developed. What we did not envisage was that we would need to do these things whilst trying to manage natural disasters and a global pandemic.

So, as we head into the Term 3 vacation, it with great delight, and some relief, I can report that all of the documentation for the re-registration process has been completed and lodged, and the College’s new Strategic Plan was ratified by the Board at its Retreat last weekend.


All ACT non-government schools are required to be registered in accordance with the Education Act 2004 before operating as a school, or commencing the education of a child at any educational level. As part of that registration, we are to comply with the conditions of registration outlined in the Act, and to undergo a re-registration process every five years. In a normal year, documentation (policies, procedures, and evidence) is uploaded and then verified through a two-day site visit by the re-registration panel, which includes the interviewing of key staff and visiting facilities. This year, although the documentation was submitted by the due date, we have been unable to have the panel visit the College.   We are now waiting to hear if the Minister will simply sign off on the re-registration after feedback from the registration panel, without the verification visit, or whether that will occur at a later date. Either way, we are feeling confident that the re-registration will proceed smoothly.

Strategic Plan

As has been detailed in previous Bulletin articles, the development of the College’s new strategic plan has been an extensive process, involving stakeholder groups from across the College. Feedback to inform the College’s mission and vision has taken place through surveys and focus groups involving staff, students, parents, and the College Board. Following the feedback sessions, which were suspended by the COVID-19 lockdown, the Strategic Plan Steering Committee met on a number of occasions to look for emerging themes, from which aims and goals could be developed.

In the end, five key themes were identified which were developed into major statements of aims. Under each of the aims, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee then identified several goals (usually about 5 or 6), each having a different focus. The last stage of the process has been to develop action plans for each of the goals, allowing the management of the College to have a clear blueprint for those things we will be working on over the next few years.

The new strategic plan is titled Radford College Strategic Plan: A Vision for Our Future 2021-2025, and although it will provide the College with a clear roadmap for the next five years, the actions that flow out of that plan will need to be organic and flexible. This year has taught us that we need to be malleable and innovative, and find solutions for issues we have never had to encounter before.

A copy of the new Strategic Plan is being posted to every Radford family in the coming weeks. As you read it, please remember that this plan belongs to the Radford community. It speaks to who we are, what we want to do, and where we see ourselves in the next five years. I hope you will be as excited about the future as we are.

Student Leaders for 2021

After an extensive selection process, involving a review of applications, voting by students and staff, short-listing and further discussion and interviews with senior staff, the final student leaders for 2021 have now been selected.

At our virtual Secondary School assembly last week, the Prefects and Captains and Vice Captains for 2021 were announced to staff and students. They had been announced and presented to the Year 11 cohort the day before, allowing us the opportunity to film the presentations in front of their peers.

 Captains and prefects 2021

College Captains

Sam Roberts
Olivia Wilson

College Vice-Captains

Kate Daly
Ethan Robards

Sport Prefects

Harrison Lonsdale
Olivia Malouf

Service Prefects

Dinu Ranatunga
Ethan Toscan

Performing Arts Prefects

Oliver Johnstone
Hannah Vardy

Acacia House Prefect

Ben Scott

Banksia House Prefect

Angus Walker

Boronia House Prefect

Hannah Berger

Huon House Prefect

Jonty Probyn

Jarrah House Prefect

Olivia Hombsch

Karri House Prefect

Connie Gardiner

Kurrajong House Prefect

Joanna Thorp

Wandoo House Prefect

Timothy Carroll



132 kg of rubbish, collected in under 7 hours, from within 500m of her home - "Modernity" by Zoe Malone

The Season of Creation: preserving the planet

23 September 2020

Reflections from the Chapel Captains

Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger, Senior ChaplainEach year, Christians around the world set aside the month of September to celebrate God’s beautiful earth and to re-commit themselves to preserving and restoring the planet. Known as the Season of Creation, this year’s theme is “Jubilee for the Earth.” 

Jubilee is an ancient, biblical concept that reminds us that ecosystems as well as people need time to rest and rejuvenate. Jubilee enables justice and liberation for people and land. Common Grace has responded to the theme of Jubilee and have put together some fascinating resources from a range of perspectives. 


In this week’s reflection we will hear from our two Chapel Captains, Zoe Malone and Flynn Kelly, as they discuss two ways to participate in the Season of Creation at Radford.


Zoe Malone, Chapel CaptainThe Climate Challenge – Zoe Malone
As part of Dirrum Festival 2020, I started a fundraising campaign called The Climate Challenge. 

I have been passionate about the environment and preventing climate change ever since I discovered its devastating effects on my future if left untreated. As a young person, it’s easy to feel helpless in the scheme of things, and making change seems daunting. By combining the needs I saw in my local community, and my personal climate anxiety, I created The Climate Challenge as a way for the individual to raise awareness and funds, inspire action and create change. 

The Climate Challenge is a 15-day challenge from the 27th September to 11th October (the school holidays). Participants pick up rubbish for an average 27 minutes per day, each representing an environmental statistic. As we clean-up our neighbourhoods, friends, family and neighbours can sponsor our efforts to make their street a better place. 100% of the funds raised go towards the Climate Council, a not-for-profit, science-based, independent voice on Climate Change in Australia, but sponsorship is optional!

In the two weeks leading up to Dirrum Festival, the equivalent amount of time as The Climate Challenge, I kept all the rubbish I found from within a 500m radius of my house. Using the 132kg of rubbish, I created an art installation called Modernity that explores how our modern definitions of success and development are inherently linked to a narrative of destruction and waste. 

You can take on the challenge as an individual or a team, and it’s a great way to get outdoors these school holidays. For more information about The Climate Challenge and to register, or create a team, visit the website www.theclimatechallenge.info, my Instagram @theclimatechallenge or the facebook page @theclimatechallenge2020. 

Flynn Kelly, Chapel CaptainVirtual Blessing of the Animals Service – Flynn Kelly 
Dogs and pets are associated with overwhelming positivity and friendship across the world. Unsurprisingly, there has been a recent increase in the purchases of dogs coinciding with the pandemic, providing many with valuable companionship. My dog Banjo, who we’ve had since 2013, is a golden Labrador and is constantly hungry! Despite being cheeky, he has always been full of happiness and friendliness. 

To celebrate our pets, and to give God thanks for the animals in our lives, we are holding a Virtual Blessing of the Animals service. You are invited to email photos of pets and other animals to katherine.rainger@radford.act.edu.au. Please include your pet’s name. People can also be in the photo. Photos will be collated and shared amongst the Radford community in Term 4, Week 1. 

Have a wonderful holiday break
Rev. Katherine, Zoe and Flynn

Zoe and Ben Flynn's dog, Banjo




Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

JS News, 23 Sept 20

23 September 2020

Effective parenting: don't overthink it - just love them


Year 3 Parents - Save the Date
The parent information session regarding iPads in Year 4 will be held on Wednesday evening, October 14 at 5:30pm. This event will be held using Teams Live Events and will be recorded. An invitation with further details will be sent later this week.

Thurs 24 Sept

Year 5/6 Round Square Bike Riding
Year 5/6 Production

Friday 25 Sept

Year 1 – 6 Disco
Year 5/6 Production
Last day of Term 3

Monday 12 Oct

First Day of Term 4

A big “thank you and congratulations” for a wonderful term of learning. As a learner-centred school, we celebrate all the things that are special about being in Junior School.  We love the way our parents and older students engage with our learners.  It lets our little people know that what they do at school is important, and that there are older students who are invested in who they are and in their growth.  

It reminds me of something I read in a parenting blog by Kirsty Rice, as I was cramming for some ‘just in time’ parenting advice:

When I look back at everything I was told about being a parent and every book I read, one piece of advice stands clear of everything else.  It came from an obstetrician, a brilliant man with a kind heart and six children of his own.  As I was packing my bag to leave the hospital he popped in to see how I was doing and joked that the easy bit was now over.  He looked down at  my little traveller and with a very sincere smile said " You are very lucky." Then he looked at me and said, "Both of you - you are very lucky".  "Take him home and cherish him.  Remember to take a moment to really look at him and love him.  It is the very best thing you can do for him.

It’s simple, but it's true.  Don't get caught in the hype, don't beat yourself up, don't overthink it - Just love them. 

As a College, we acknowledge that your children are the most precious gifts you will ever have. They are the most precious extension of who you are.  They are the legacy that you leave to the world.  One of the most important things as parents that we can do for our children is to model the kind of person we want them to be.  Joyce Maynard once said:

It’s not only children who grow.  Parents do too.  As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours.  I can't tell my children to reach for the sun.  All I can do is reach for it myself.
Joyce Maynard.

What children need mostTo loosely quote some Clay Crosse lyrics, there are two things that children need us to give them, roots and wings.  They need presence, rather than presents, to achieve this.  The good news is that rather than thinking about this as good vs bad parenting, we instead realise that it is, in fact, effective parenting… 

Have a safe break. Looking forward to a great Term 4. 

Andy Gordon
Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

U14 NPLY Team - seeking victory in Wagga on Saturday 26 Sept

Sports Report, 23 Sept 20

22 September 2020

Exciting news for end-of-season games in Netball, Rugby and Football

Radford Netball Teams, Sept 2020

WEEKEND FINALS – Saturday 26th September 

Rugby Grand Final
Congratulations to the U18 Boys Rugby team which defeated Canberra Grammar 60-0 to secure a place in the Grand Final on Saturday, 1:00pm at North Curtin Oval. 

Netball Grand Finals
The Radford Sports Department would love to see as many people come and support the Radford netball community this weekend (there are COVID-19 restrictions in place – spectators must watch from behind the fences).

The grand-final game times are as follows:

  • Radford Magpies- 10:30am, Charnwood Netball Court 1
  • Radford White- 12:30pm, Lyneham Netball Court 1
  • Radford Maroon- 1:45pm, Charnwood Netball Court 2
In Wagga.


ACT Junior Netball Championships
Phoebe Jackson and Laura MacNamara are both team members in the U13 Belconnen Netball Association Representative team. On the weekend they played their semi-final in the U13 ACT Junior Netball Div 2 Championships and won. On Sunday 27th September, the team will be playing the grand final - good luck Phoebe and Laura.

Radford Netball Season Recap – General Rounds and Semi-Finals

By Zarah Jaggers, 2020 Netball Captain 

This past weekend saw the conclusion of the semi-final rounds of the North Canberra Netball Competition (NCNC), following the end of general rounds the weekend before. It comes as no surprise that 2020 winter netball season has been one of the most challenging netball has faced, as COVID-19 caused delays, cancellations, and changes to the regular operations of games. Despite the challenge, the Radford Netball community bounced back to still have an excellent season, with several teams qualifying for semi-finals and grand finals, as well as teams displaying admirable participation and resilience. 

Set | Go Teams
The Set Go netball teams in Years 2-4 have participated in a non-competitive season, aimed at developing their skills and teamwork ability for predominantly first-time players. While visiting their training session last week, I asked each player what they have enjoyed most about participating in netball this season, and the responses made me reminisce on my early days in the Set Go competition at Radford. Asha enjoyed “making new friends,” while Isabella explained the need to “be aggressive” to play well. All players yelled a very enthusiastic “Yes!” when asked if they were going to continue netball next season. Set Go players still have one final game to play over this Saturday before the end of season. 

Juniors and Intermediate Teams
Across all competitive divisions, Radford Netball had an impressive season with many teams playing highly skilled netball games, despite finishing the general rounds games placed lower on their division ladder. 

In the Junior's division, Radford Ravens (Div 7) placed 6th on the ladder, before playing the past weekend against the 5th place team. Their success came early in the season, winning the first round against MPS Lorikeets 4-2, and were challenged in nail-bitingly close games throughout the season. 

Intermediates team Radford Orange was unlucky this season, finishing 8th (Div 6) ladder but proved their strong teamwork skills and dedication in several games, finishing their last rounds game against GNC Peridots losing 5-13. 

Radford Navy proved their hard work and resilience over the season, despite several losses, and in their last match of general rounds they won against GNC Green Corals 8-3. Navy finished rounds placed 7th (Div 5) ladder. 

Radford Red was also unlucky this season, ending the rounds finished 8th (Div 4) place on the leader board. Having umpired this team multiple times throughout the season, I watched Radford Red improve significantly in their netball skills and teamwork, while displaying great sportsmanship each week. 

Radford Green’s netball success came early in the season, winning rounds 1 and 3, but they were challenged in the second half of the season with some close scoring games to finish rounds placed 7th (Div 2) on the leader board. However, Radford Green had a great match this past weekend, defeating the Cougars White 26-13. 

In Intermediates Div 1, Radford Purple finished general rounds placed 6th of the ladder. They faced several close games throughout the season, most impressively their win in round 8 against Cougars Pink 19-18. 

Cadet Teams
In the Cadets competition, Radford Silver narrowly missed out on qualifying for semi-finals last weekend, placing 5th (Div 2). Silver was faced with tough competition this season, with many close-scoring games proving to be a challenge for their position on the ladder.  They managed to have an impressive last win of general rounds, defeating SGRNC 26-23. Radford Silver also played a great game on the weekend, defeating EGNC Pearls 21-18. 

Semi-Final Results
Radford Netball had an impressive 7 out of 14 teams qualify for semi-finals, which took place this past weekend. 

Radford Magpies (Juniors Div 6) dominated the scoreboard all season, remaining undefeated with a scoring percentage of an impressive 91.4%. Players on the team seemed enthusiastic to play in their first netball semi-final, going up against the GSNC Hurricanes to win 11-3. 

The Radford Dolphins (Juniors Div 3) finished the rounds at 4th place on the ladder. Unfortunately, the Dolphins faced a tight tussle in their semi-final against MTS Cobras, being defeated by 13-12. 

Radford Yellow (Inters Div 2) finished the general rounds placed 3rd on their division leader board. Tough competition in the semi-final round last weekend meant Yellow were defeated by JPC Sun’s 32-21. 

 Radford Blue (Cadets Div 5) competed in the semi-final against fellow Radford Team, White, showing great teamwork and resilience despite being defeated 19-11. Radford White has had an excellent season in Division 5, remaining undefeated to retain 1st position throughout the season and will be progressing to the grand final this weekend. 

Congratulations to Radford Maroon (Cadets Div 4), who finished general rounds in 1st place this season following an excellent season full of great results each week. In their semi-final they defeated BAS Storm, winning by an impressive 44-8, and will be competing in the grand final this weekend. 

Radford Gold, our Cadets Div 1 team played an excellent season of netball, finishing general rounds placed 3rd on the leader board. In their semi-final game against Cougars Pink last weekend, Gold unfortunately were defeated by 33-40. 

All teams throughout the season showed amazing dedication and it was great to see each team improving on their netball skills, communication, sportsmanship and resilience. Due to the shortened competition, all teams will be finishing up the season in the final round this upcoming weekend. Wishing everybody good luck in their final games, especially those fortunate to be competing in the grand finals. 

Grand finals – Saturday 26th September
The Radford Sports Department would love to see as many people come and support the Radford netball community this weekend (there are COVID-19 restrictions in place – spectators must watch from behind the fences). 

The grand-final game times are as follows:

  • Radford Magpies- 10:30am, Charnwood Netball Court 1
  • Radford White- 12:30pm, Lyneham Netball Court 1
  • Radford Maroon- 1:45pm, Charnwood Netball Court 2

Congratulations to the NPLY Football teams who recorded their first weekend with wins in all 4 grades. 

U13s defeated Woden Valley SC 5-1
U14s defeated Woden Valley SC 7-0
U16s defeated Woden Valley SC 5-1
U18s defeated Tuggeranong United FC 3-2 

Download these videos of Aubrey Ellis’s penalty goal in the U16 match and Ricky Luo’s goal to clinch the win in the U18 match. 

U14 report by Sureshni Fernando
The quiet achievers of the U14 team are heading to Wagga for their final game, as part of the first school in the entire country to play National Premier League (NPL) Football, and hoping to also make history as the first school team to be crowned champions in this elite level of competition, if they win their last game for the season on Saturday. 

The U14s are head coached by Ian Worthington (former English FA coach), managed by Brian Kelleher (parent) and with assistant coaches John Breen and Radford NPL Football President, Richard Terry (parent). The dedication and professionalism shown each training and game day by this leadership group is in my belief the success of this team and for that we nickname the team Man-U. 

The team was very keen to have a team photo with our outgoing Head of Sport, Mr. Brent Larkham and hoping the team can bring the cup home as the fitting farewell gift for him.  They also take this opportunity to wish him good luck in his future endeavours. 

The parents are extremely proud of their sons and their achievements, and wish them good luck on their journey to Wagga on Saturday.

Exploring Spanish language and culture through art

Year 3 Spanish Art Appreciation

22 September 2020

Exploring Spanish language and culture together

From Rowena Stevens, JS Spanish Teacher

In Year 3, Spanish students have been exploring perspective and form through their “How We Express Ourselves” Unit of Inquiry. They explored their appreciation of art and learnt how to describe the beautiful artworks which they themselves created. 

We looked at artworks by Picasso, Miró and Sorolla among others. Using “sentence builders”, the students learnt how to say what they could see in each of the artworks and to express their opinion of the artworks. 

The highlight of the unit was this week when students had the chance to visit their own “art gallery” and converse with their friends in Spanish about the artworks they had created.

They did such great work.

¡Muy bien Year 3!

Student description in Spanish of the image above.


Y3 Art Exhibition - Spanish art appreciation

Raising money for mental health initiatives [image credit Canberra Times]

Collegian News: Blake Macdonald (Class of 2015)

22 September 2020

Raising money for mental health initiatives

Collegian Blake Macdonald (Class of 2015) ran 162 laps of a 1km loop in 24 hours on the 12 and 13 September to raise money for Lifeline and bring awareness to mental health and suicide. This was an idea that came to him while trying to keep busy during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Read the story on the Collegians website.

Exploring primary sources, creative elements, and thinking routines

Exhibition Journey: Part 6

23 September 2020

Exploring primary sources, creative elements, and thinking routines

By Olivia Rehfisch, Medha Vemuri, Year 6 

We have had another busy week with Exhibition, and as the term finishes up, we are preparing to continue our research over the holidays. 

Last week we had a focus on finding a primary source. This was harder than expected! We have been emailing, calling and asking to interview people who have experienced first-hand our line of inquiry. We have hit some hurdles, but remain positive as we continue our research. 

Our group members brainstormed a couple of ideas for our creative element. We have been looking at thinking routines and ways to organise our learning. 

Last week we also worked on what our creative element will be when we present. We saw some great examples from schools overseas, and this has inspired all of our groups to produce the most creative exhibition ever! 

Sequential Question and Insight DiagramMrs O’Brien helped us by giving Year 6 a website which helps us find thinking routines, a lot of people do squid (Sequential Question and Insight Diagram) routines and some of us did a ‘see, think, wonder’. 

Final week for the term, we all know there is still a lot more work to do, however if we work hard, we will get it done!



Author and comedian Oliver Phommavanh entertained Junior School students

Author Oliver P visits the Junior School

22 September 2020

Making everyone laugh and think about "what if?"

By Gemma Wilson and Rachael Hind, JS Library  

author and comedian Oliver PhommavanhOur Junior School students were delighted to have author and comedian Oliver Phommavanh visit us in Week 8. He presented to all year groups from Pre-Kinder to Year 6, making everyone laugh – which is his favourite thing to do! After being a stand-up comedian and a primary school teacher, Oliver decided that writing was his passion.  

Oliver shared many hilarious stories from his childhood, growing up in Sydney in a Thai Australian family, which inspired his earlier books.  He spoke about brainstorming ideas, writing about subjects we are passionate about, and surprising readers with events that are “not normal.”  

Oliver’s hints for successful writing involved creating characters that caused trouble and had funny or embarrassing problems. He gets his ideas from all areas of his life and encouraged the students to find the “what if” in everyday life. Oliver shared “what if we woke up with dinosaur claws” which had students in stitches of laughter!  

Oliver has been highly successful as an author, with most of his books aimed for the Year 2 – Year 6 age group. Our conversations with Oliver however, hinted towards picture books in the future.  

Check out Oliver’s website here to find out more about this very entertaining author. 






Radford quad rowers in the ACT Winter Time Trials

Winter Rowing

22 September 2020

ACT Winter Time Trials report

Vicky Spencer, Technical Director of Rowing 

This year, Radford had a record number of students participate in winter rowing, and we were thrilled to have students of all ages and abilities compete in big boats and small boats in the ACT Winter Time Trial series. Congratulations to everyone who competed in these 4.4KM races and especially to our overall Series winners:

Men’s Open Quad: Damien Schroder, Will Gregory, Sam Roberts and Ethan Toscan
(with a little help from Collegian & World Champion Luke Letcher on occasion)

Open Men’s Double Scull: James Dixon, Chris Bush and Charlie Stuart
(racing in various combinations)

It has been a strategic goal for the program to participate in more competition over the winter months, so this is an excellent step forward and I look forward to expanding this in future years.

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Disco and Donuts

22 September 2020

Y1-6 Disco is on Friday - please remember to bring $2!

PreK & K have been enjoying their disco today, and Yr 1-6 are reminded their Daytime Disco and Donuts is on Friday. What a nice way to end the term! Please remember to bring $2.


The annual RTC-run disco will take a different format this year:

  • PreK and Kindy will enjoy their dress up, donuts and discos on Wednesday 23 September.
  • Year 1 to 6 will enjoy a Footsteps Disco on the final day of term, Friday 25 September. 

The dress theme is ‘Famous’ so students are encouraged to dress as a famous celebrity, singer, sports person, movie or book character, or even a famous landmark or object.

Students are asked to contribute $2 on the day and this will include a delicious cinnamon donut provided by the Barton Grocer. All funds raised will be used to support the Belconnen Community Service Giving Appeal in Term 4. (Please note that the donuts contain gluten, egg and dairy, and unfortunately, special dietary requirements can’t be catered for). 

The RTC is really looking forward to a fun way to finish the term.


On Daytime Disco Friday 25 September, the Warblers, Songsters, BIP and Omo Wewe are being filmed for the ‘Music Spectacular’.  Please note dress requirements for these groups. 

Warblers/Songsters are asked to wear their normal uniform to school on the day and they will be able to change into their ‘Famous’ dress up after their morning recording session.

Songsters are asked to wear their performance uniform to school on the day and they will be able to change into their ‘Famous’ dress up after their morning recording session.

BIP can wear their ‘Famous’ dress up clothing and bring their normal uniform to change into before their recording later in the day.

Omo Wewe can wear their ‘Famous’ dress up clothing and bring their performance uniform to change into before their recording later in the day.


Grand Final Saturday 7 November

RadVision - entries now open!

22 September 2020

Entries close Fri 23 Oct. Will YOU win the Grand Prize?

Competition entry closes Friday 23 October 2020.

To submit your video follow this link or go to the P&F page:


Don't miss out on your chance to win $3,500 in total cash prizes.

Full competition details can be found on the P&F webpage.

RadVision 2020....Will it be you? “

* Watch the VIDEO

To stay up to date regarding RadVision 2020, please follow @RadfordCollegePF on Facebook and Instagram! 



SuperSmiles - sponsor of RadVision

RadVision is a “EuroVision” style singing contest for the Radford community, in lieu of the Radford Twilight Fete. 

The Radford College Parents & Friends Association is delighted to announce the following prizes for RadVision: 

* RadVision Contest Winner $1000 
* Category Winners - $500 each in Junior, Secondary and Community 
* Two x Judges Awards - $ 500  

We thank our valued sponsor, SuperSmile for their continued support of the P&F, this year through sponsoring the prizes for RadVision. 

Who can enter?
To be eligible, performers must be a student, parent/caregiver, staff member or Radford community member. 

The categories are:

  • Junior School (students)
  • Senior School (students)
  • Community (can include both adults and children) 

Entries can be individuals or groups of no more than three people. 

How do I enter, and what are the rules?  
Entries open 21 Sept 2020. Details of where to enter the videos will be shared soon.

  • Each performer or group should have a ‘stage name’ rather than using their own name.

  • Performers must film and submit a video performance of no more than three minutes Contestants must not film themselves performing in bedrooms/bathrooms or anywhere else considered private, for their own protection.

  • Songs may be covers or originals. Backing music or live musical accompaniment is permitted, however, vocal performances must be distinguishable.

  • Costumes and set dressing are not necessary for Round One, however costumes and performance/stage presence will be a judging consideration in the live Grand Final.

Competition Rounds

  • Round One will see performers submit a video of themselves singing, and the Radford community will vote for their favourite performances. The performers with the most votes in three categories, Junior School, Secondary School, and Community (students, parents, staff) will become the GRAND FINALISTS! 
  • The RadVision GRAND FINAL will be held on Saturday 7 November 2020 in the TB Millar Hall.  Finalists will perform on stage in front of judges to compete for the title of RadVision STAR, 2020.

JS Foyer decoration for RadVision RadVision display Morison centre

Well done to the RadVision Committee for making the Junior School Foyer (L) and Morison Centre (R) pop with colours and sparkles!

What’s done cannot be undone

Senior Drama: Blood Wedding

15 September 2020

A tale of love, betrayal and revenge

Blood Wedding, by Federico Garcia Lorca, is a Spanish tale of love, betrayal and revenge, that takes place in a small country town. 

Traditional ideals and youthful passion are unleashed against the backdrop of desires versus social and family responsibilities. We see the road before us, and what’s done cannot be undone. 

We promise you an entertaining night of high drama and action. 

Performances: 16-17 and 22–24 October 7pm, TB Millar Hall
Tickets on sale:  from Monday 21st September (live and online options)




If we are all heroes, who is the villain?

Year 5/6 Drama: Wonder Fly

15 September 2020

If we are all heroes, who is the villain?

Welcome to the 2020 Year 5-6 Production: Wonder Fly by Nick Atkins.  Nothing can stop these Radford students from achieving their aim to perform this coming-of-age hero’s quest. 

The characters in this play, much like our students, are striving to find out who they are and what it takes to be true to yourself. 

Bridie doesn’t tend to stand out. It is halfway through the school year, and nothing seems to be any different for the year before. Late one night, a box appears on her bed. Attached is a letter that reads It’s time to become who you were born to be Wonder Fly. The Red Wasp strikes midnight tomorrow

The problem with this coming-of-age quest is no one is sure who the hero is. Set in Sydney-slash-Gotham City, the play leaps out of the world of a comic book. People are isolated, and evil preys on the spaces in between. There are bright lights and dark alleyways, just the way the Red Wasp intended.  

Armed with nothing more than a box, a costume, a mask, a torch, a few eclectic superpowers, and a map with a big ‘X’ on it, Wonder Fly asks the question: if we are all heroes, who does that make the villain?

Please join us for this colourful and humour-filled superhero adventure,
in the RA Young Bat Cave of Truth, Compassion and Wisdom.

Performances: 22nd- 24th September 6pm, 25th September 5pm
Venue: RA Young Hall
Tickets at https://www.trybooking.com/BLLJG



Co-curricular Music News

Co-Curricular Music 2021 - register now!

16 September 2020

Online registrations are now open - for new and continuing musicians

Co-curricular Music participation registrations for 2021 are NOW OPEN!  

All students who intend to continue, or commence, Individual Music Tuition and/or Music Group participation must submit a registration for 2021. 

Register through the 2021 online registration form on Radford Online at https://radfordcollege.sharepoint.com/SitePages/Cocurricular.aspx 

If you have any queries about music registration, please contact the Performing Arts team at

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Waste-Free Update, 23 Sept 20

23 September 2020

Waste-Free: Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Term 4

Waste Free Update


The RTC is excitedly preparing for the roll-out of Nude Food Tuesday and Waste Free Wednesday in Term 4. There has been significant progress with the number of students bringing a waste free lunch each Wednesday in Term 3 ,and we’re very proud of the positive impact this has had on the environment.


The RTC has compiled some TIPS for TERM 4 with further ideas of how to move towards being Waste Free everyday!


Tips for Waste-Free lunches


A very popular prize students have been selecting from our Waste Free prize box is Beeswax wraps. These were sourced from The Super Eco which is a small NSW company that makes sustainable products. To help more students to have nude food, the Super Eco company is offering a special discount for Radford families. Each household can use the discount code once to receive 20% off beeswax wraps on orders over $20. Why not take advantage of this great discount to invest in some beeswax wraps which make it much easier to have package-free food (and don’t need washing out each night like plastic containers!)


Radford discount code – zerowasteschool for 20% off orders over $20


Thanks to everyone for their ongoing efforts to be a more sustainable school.



Applications now open for 2022 Senior Scholarship

Foundation Senior Scholarship 2022 - open

9 September 2020

Applications now open

The Radford College Development Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2022 Senior Scholarship.  

The Radford College Development Foundation’s principal purpose is to support education at Radford College. In fulfilling this aim, the Foundation is offering a full two-year scholarship for one student commencing Year 11 in 2022. The scholarship will be offered to a student who demonstrates outstanding achievement and community involvement, but whose financial circumstances prevent them from attending the College. 

The selection criteria include a review of recent school reports and NAPLAN results, an evaluation of the applicant’s reasons for applying for the scholarship and a determination of whether the student meets the financial hardship test. The recipient will remain anonymous and the successful applicant will be someone who will contribute significantly to the life of the College - both in and outside the classroom.

The scholarship will cover 100% of the Tuition and Capital Levy fees for two years (Years 11 and 12), and up to 100% of other College-related fees.

Application Process
Applicants are initially asked to complete and submit this application form.

Please submit the application form and documents listed below by email to foundation@radford.act.edu.au, or by delivery to Main Reception, Radford College, 1 College Street, BRUCE.

Applications close on Friday 12 February 2021 and must include:

  1. This scholarship application form, including the 200-word Personal Statement
  2. School reports for the previous two years (i.e. Years 9 and 10)
  3. NAPLAN reports for Years 7 and 9 (if available)
  4. Passport-sized photo.

Only shortlisted applicants will then be required to complete a detailed financial statement, provide referees and be interviewed by a panel.

The successful applicant will be selected in time for them to take their place in the 2022 Year 11 orientation. 

Please note:
Radford College does not have the necessary registration to enrol international/overseas students. A child needs Australian citizenship or a permanent residency visa in order to attend Radford College.

Advice for parents and carers from the eSafety Commission

Reporting illegal or harmful online content

16 September 2020

Please report harmful online content to the eSafety Commission

The eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant, recently urged all Australians who encounter harmful online content to report it immediately to the social media platform they’ve seen it on, and/or to eSafety at esafety.gov.au/report/illegal-harmful-content

A key point in her message was a reminder was that “social media platforms struggle to incorporate safety protections at the core of their product offerings… they need clear processes and procedures, including the technology tools to detect and remove harmful content much more quickly. 

“We advise parents, carers and educators to keep an eye on those who are more vulnerable and at-risk, and check in with them about their interactions on and offline, help them build their digital resilience and let them know they can come to you for help if they see graphic or distressing content online.”

eSafety has developed a series of tips for parents to help limit young people’s exposure to harmful content online:

  • Engage in your child’s online activities – ask what apps, sites, and games they’re using and make sure they’re age-appropriate
  • Use parental controls on devices to help limit what your child is exposed to
  • Help them report and block upsetting content they see on social media sites or apps
  • Let them know they can come to you about anything upsetting they see online
  • Head to esafety.gov.au to find out the latest advice on apps, social media and online safety issues

Be safe, be alert online  document                                                     Online Safety - a guide for parent and carers
Be alert online Parent and carer guide

Advice for parents and children have seen or are impacted by online content:

Kids HelpLine – For ages 5 – 25

Free 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.

CALL: 1800 55 1800 (Available 24/7)
CHAT:  Chat with us online (Available 8am – 12am AEST)
VISIT:  kidshelpline.com.au

Lifeline – For all ages

Provides all Australians access to crisis support and suicide prevention services.

CALL: 13 11 14 (Available 24/7)
CHAT:  Chat with us online (Available 7pm – 12am AEST)
Visit: lifeline.org.au







A payment option using student card is now available for students in Y5-Y12

Flexischools Canteen - new payment option

27 August 2020

Payment with student card for Y5-Y12

Radford College is pleased to announce that we are extending our Flexischools payment options in the canteen for students in Years 5 to 12.

Currently, parents and students are able to place online orders via Flexischools. Students in Years 5 to 12 will now be able to pay for canteen items at the counter using their student cards. Payments will come from the same account you currently use for online ordering, if you have an existing Flexischools account set up. All purchases can be viewed online and an automatic top up facility can be added to ensure funds are always available.

Details re Flexischool accounts and new system are attached.

Cashless payments


From the Canteen Manager, Karen Robinson

Reminders to parents, to avoid cards being declined:

  • Please ensure correct student details are entered.  The full student number including any leading zeros needs to be entered. The student number is the number below the barcode, NOT the five digit number on the back of the card.  

  • The Flexischools Account holder needs to ensure they have applied credit to the account. Students can be given access to check the balance of their account through the website.    

  • Please contact Flexischools support@flexischools.com.au with full student details, if help is required linking a student card to your Flexischools account.  
Radford Collegians Association

Collegians News: reunion postponement

23 September 2020

Sharing memories through photos

This month the Collegians were scheduled to host a Welcome Back Function for the Class of 1990, 2000 and 2010. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event did not go ahead, but we didn’t want that to stop us from celebrating the milestones of each of these classes. 

We hope you enjoy a selection of photos from each of the years and that they bring back some fond memories of your time here at Radford. 

We look forward to bringing you back to celebrate in 2021.  

Class of 1990 celebrate 30 Years   

Class of 2000 celebrate 20 Years 

Class of 2010 celebrate 10 Years

Image for article: Uniform News, 23 Sept 20

Uniform News, 23 Sept 20

23 September 2020

Appointments required for both shops, check holiday hours


Perm-a-Pleat    P&F Secondhand SHop   

Visit their pages on the website for full details of bookings, holiday trading and term time hours.

The Perm-A-Pleat Uniform Shop 

The Second-hand Uniform Shop



Collegians Association - AGM 30 Oct 2020

Collegians Association AGM - 30 Oct

P&F News: Trivia Night Cancellation

Trivia Night 2020 - cancellation

The P&F Association has made the hard decision not to hold a Trivia Night event this year. We are disappointed about this, as the event brings the best out in our community.  But please do take part in the P&F RadVision event, new for this year, and we look forward to making the Trivia Night in 2021 bigger and better than ever!


Book Week

Book Week 2020

Get ready for the Character Parade, Friday 16 October - full details